Now that the MLB All Star game has come and gone, along with the Home Run Derby as a precursor, it's time to get back to baseball that counts.
But before we do that, let's take a moment to reflect on the midsummer classic. Many people say that baseball's annual midweek respite featuring the game's best players is the best among professional sports' All Star games. Maybe this is true, maybe not. For me, I would agree. Maybe it's because the MLB All Star game plays more like a real game than any of the others. When it all comes down to it, it's batter vs. pitcher.
However, because it's most like a regular season game, games like the one played Tuesday, make for lousy viewing. After giving up five runs in the top of the first, the AL was pretty much done. No drama. No excitement. Therefore, I watched very little of it past that first inning.
Speaking of All Star festivities, the Home Run Derby has become excruciatingly long. Really, three hours worth of glorified batting practice. I caught all of about 90 seconds. More than enough. I guess for some it is exciting. I'm just not one of them.
Finally, it's time to end this silly notion of the game actually meaning anything. Stop the World Series home field advantage tie-in starting immediately. Bud Selig, I'm talking to you.